A More Permanent and Lasting Solution for Tooth Loss
Having a missing tooth is much more common than people imagine—over 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Without replacing missing teeth, bone loss can occur in the jaw and cause severe problems such as shifting teeth, an improper bite, and even affect your systemic health.
Dental implants are the solution to keep your smile and health intact. In Brandon, Florida, Dr. John M. Cherry Jr. has extensive training and experience in dental implants and offers single, multiple, and full arch replacements (aka implant-supported dentures) to make your smile whole again.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Implant Treatment?
The most obvious benefit is the ability to flash those pearly whites. Anyone missing teeth knows how difficult it can be to smile and laugh without covering their mouth in shame. But the benefits go far beyond this. With proper care, your dental implant will allow you the luxury of:
- Improved appearance and overall self-confidence: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth because they permanently fuse with your jaw bone.
- Improved speech and ability to eat all foods: With dentures, teeth can slip and slide in the mouth, causing slurring and difficulty eating.
- Comfort and convenience: No more embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures or the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
- Improved oral and systemic health: Dental implants don’t require attachment to other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth don’t support the implant, your original teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health and systemic health.
- Durability: Implants are long-lasting and durable. With proper care, some implants can last a lifetime.
- Stops bone loss and protects remaining teeth: A natural tooth root provides stimulation to the jaw bone through force from biting down or chewing. If there is no tooth, stimulation is lost, and the jaw bone recedes. By replacing your tooth root with an implant, stimulation continues in the jawbone, preventing bone loss and the movement of the remaining teeth.
AROUND 178 MILLION AMERICANS ARE MISSING AT LEAST ONE TOOTH.
DENTAL IMPLANTS HAVE A SUCCESS RATE OF UP TO 98 PERCENT.
OVER FIVE MILLION DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE PLACED EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a replacement option for teeth that act and look just like natural teeth. Dental implants are titanium rods surgically inserted into the jaw. These artificial titanium roots provide a permanent base for replacement teeth (read more here).
Dental implants are the best long-term solution for missing teeth compared to crowns, bridges, and dentures. Today dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth (click here for more info).
A good candidate for this replacement has enough bone in the jaw to support an implant. If more bone is needed, bone grafting can add a sufficient amount. Implants are a great option to replace one tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even replace an entire arch of teeth.
Dental implant surgical procedure typically has three parts:
- A titanium implant rod placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth
- An abutment that attaches to the new crown
- A natural-looking, custom-made crown
During the implant’s surgical placement, Dr. John Cherry will numb the mouth with local anesthesia or give an IV sedation, so there is no discomfort or pain.
A small incision is made in the gums to place the tooth root implant into the jawbone in the missing tooth’s location. Once established, the dentist closes the gums over the implant and sends you home to heal.
A bone growth process called osseointegration starts, which means that your bone will grow and bond around the rod to make a solid and durable anchor for your new teeth. Full osseointegration healing time may take anywhere from two to six months.
Only Dr. John Cherry can determine how long you will have to wait before the restoration is ready for the next step. If more time is needed before placement, a temporary crown will be attached to help eat and speak normally until the restoration process is complete.
When the implants have fully fused with the jawbone, the abutment is attached to the implant post. The abutment is the metal part that serves as a base for the new crown. It connects to your jawbone, while the crown fits on the other end. The abutment sits slightly above the gum line to support the crown.
Meanwhile, new custom artificial teeth are made to perfectly match the rest of your teeth to create the most natural look and restore appearance and function. Most friends and family will not be able to tell you’ve gotten dental work done!
Dr. Cherry offers many options in dental implants:
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES
Trust in Dr. Cherry to Give You a Healthy, Natural Look
Dr. Cherry is certified by the Midwest Implant Institute for implant surgery and has experience placing and restoring all types of implants. With proper care, your dental implant will allow you the luxury of:
- A permanent and natural look
- Stable jaw bone structure
- Ability to eat all foods
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved speech
- Oral and systemic health